Vettel on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix
23 March 2013 – Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix during a rain-hit qualifying session at Sepang on Saturday afternoon, overcoming his rivals on the Intermediate tyres. The Red Bull driver, who delivered a fastest time of 1:49.674, will start just ahead of Ferrari duo Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton completed the fourth row of the grid for Mercedes, with Mark Webber fifth after choosing a different qualifying strategy to his team-mate. Nico Rosberg, who topped a predominantly dry Q2, had to settle for sixth, falling down the order on the Intermediates. Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen fared even worse, with seventh a disappointing outcome for the Finn after he topped Friday's running.
It was a much better day for McLaren, with the Woking-based team capitalising on the changeable conditions to make Q3 for the first time this season. Jenson Button got the better of team-mate Sergio Pérez en route to eighth place, while Force India driver Adrian Sutil, who was the surprise pace-setter in Q1, sandwiched the pair.
At the rear of the grid, Jean-Éric Vergne and Valtteri Bottas failed to make it past the Q1 hurdle, albeit by narrow margins. A little further back, Jules Bianchi continued to impress in the battle between Marussia and Caterham; the Frenchman finished almost a second clear of compatriot Charles Pic, with team-mate Max Chilton a further two tenths back. Dutchman Giedo van der Garde completed the order.
Sunday's 56-lap Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang gets underway at 4pm local time (GMT +11) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net Live Report feature